The Cliffs of Magho consists of a large, north-facing limestone escarpment overlooking Lower Lough Erne and supports an exceptional range of habit types.
The lower slopes are covered by one of the largest semi-natural woodlands in Northern Ireland; it is very diverse and contains the highest number of woodland species recorded at a single site. Rare species within the wood include Welsh poppy, thin-spiked wood sedge and bird's-nest orchid.
Above the wood, secondary scarps support a mixture of grassland and cliff ledge communities. Smaller sandstone ridges contain a mixture of heathland, woodland and scrub. Wet heath and blanket bog occur on the flatter, deeper peats. Wetland habitats are represented by a large mesotrophic lake with open waters, swamp and fen. These habitats all support a number of notable and rare plant species. The site is also important for breeding birds.
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- Conservation Management Plans for Northern Ireland’s Special Areas of Conservation
- European Marine Sites - Marine Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas
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- Portrush Coastal Zone
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